Delta-spotted Spiketail Cordulegaster diastatops Selys, 1854S3S4    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Cordulegastridae   >   Genus Cordulegaster   

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Delta-spotted Spiketail (Cordulegaster diastatops) is distributed mostly to the north of Maryland. Its distribution in the state is curiously disjunct, with a population in the western mountains of Garrett and Allegany Counties (where it is considered uncommon), and records from Queen Anne's and Worcester Counties, on the Eastern Shore (where it is rare) (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and District of Columbia). The species breeds in small forested seeps and tiny streams through wet meadows, and often forages in open areas within forests. It is closely-related to Brown Spiketail (Cordulegaster bilineata), and the two species appear to intergrade where their ranges overlap (Paulson, 2011). This dragonfly is on the watch list (S3) in Maryland.

There are 24 records in the project database.

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A Delta-spotted Spiketail in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/1/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Delta-spotted Spiketail in Garrett Co., Maryland (2007). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

A Delta-spotted Spiketail in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/18/2016). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Delta-spotted Spiketail in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/19/2018). Photo by Mark Eanes. (MBP list)

The abdomen pattern of a Delta-spotted Spiketail found at 1000 Acre Heath, Maine (7/2/2010). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Delta-spotted Spiketail in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/15/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Delta-spotted Spiketail in Garrett Co., Maryland (2007). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

Delta-spotted Spiketail in Maryland (7/4/2020). (c) tomfeild, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Tom Feild. (MBP list)


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